The new SOLVE course: Addressing psychosocial factors through health promotion in the workplace

The overall objectives of this course is to develop knowledge and skills that will lead to the integration of the psychosocial and health promotion issues into a comprehensive enterprise policy and establish a framework for preventative action.


Deadline for applications: 10 April 2011.

SOLVE is an interactive educational programme designed to assist in the development of policy and action to address health promotion issues at the workplace. It focuses on prevention by addressing the integration of health promotion into OSH policies and action at the enterprise level. It deals with the prevention of work-related stressors (both work-place stress and economic stressors), alcohol and drug abuse, violence (both physical and psychological), the prevention of HIV/AIDS, as well as the promotion of tobacco-free workplaces and health lifestyles, including good eating, sleeping and exercise habits.

The ILO's SOLVE programme is based on the recognition of the interdependent relationships between psychosocial factors and other health-related behaviours and their underlying causes in the workplace (work organization, working conditions, labour relations). The programme promotes the design of enterprise level policies and intervention programmes to improve working conditions and reduce work-related stress from an occupational safety and health perspective by incorporating psychosocial hazards into the risk assessment and risk management strategy, involving both employers and workers through bipartite OSH committees at the workplace level.